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Decolonize Your Diet - Plant-Based Mexican-American Recipes for Health and Healing

Decolonize Your Diet

Plant-Based Mexican-American Recipes for Health and Healing

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International Latino Book Award winner, Best Cookbook

A return to indigenous Mexican-American cooking: delicious recipes for physical and spiritual healing.

More than just a cookbook, Decolonize Your Diet redefines what is meant by "traditional" Mexican food by reaching back through centuries of history to reclaim heritage crops as a source of protection from modern diseases. Authors Luz Calvo and Catriona Rueda Esquibel are life partners; when Luz was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006, they both radically changed their diets and began seeking out recipes featuring healthy, vegetarian Mexican foods. They promote a diet rich in plants indigenous to the Americas (corn, beans, squash, greens, herbs, and seeds), and are passionate about the idea that Mexicans and Latinos/as living in the US and Canada need to ditch the fast food and return to their own culture's food roots for both physical health and spiritual connection.

This vegetarian cookbook features more than 100 colourful, delicious recipes inspired by indigenous ingredients and knowledge, such as Red Pozole with Medicinal Mushrooms, Healing Green Chileatole, Amaranth Corn Tortillas, and Prickly Pear Chia Fresca. Steeped in history, but very much rooted in the contemporary world, Decolonize Your Diet will introduce readers to the energizing, healing properties of a plant-based Mexican-American diet.

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  • Winner, International Latino Book Award 2016


If you think Mexican food is unhealthy, then you need to read this cookbook . .. Decolonize Your Diet serves up Mexican food recipes with a side order of history. -Los Angeles Times

Part cookbook, part manifesto, Decolonize Your Diet is as much about recipes as it is about justice centered analysis of food and health . .. Decolonize Your Diet honors and respects the humble pot of beans and homemade tortillas to the same degree they do more 'difficult' chef-like meals, like Huaraches de Nopal, or Mole. -Global Comment